| Dec 19, 2013
| 9:47 AM
The death of Chicago tenor saxophone giant Von Freeman last year, at age 88, was a blow to anyone who valued the fierce individuality, technical bravura and high-toned showmanship of his work – which means listeners around the world.
| Oct 3, 2013
| 7:40 AM
Each weekend seems to bring another jazz festival, the recent Englewood and Hyde Park events leading to yet another on Friday and Saturday nights: the 11th annual Chicago Gypsy Jazz Festival at the Green Mill Jazz Club.
True, Chicago guitarist Alfonso...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 8:02 AM
This will be a singular weekend in Chicago jazz, with a remarkable breadth of activity and styles. Among the highlights:
Herbie Hancock: We face a shortage of jazz legends these days, the old ones having passed away and the new ones unlikely to match...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 6:54 AM
When Chicago cornetist-bandleader Rob Mazurek launched his Exploding Star Orchestra in Millennium Park in 2005, few would have predicted that it would become the centerpiece of his musical life.
True, this was a strong debut, Mazurek leading fellow...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 7:23 AM
After the success of last year's Billy Strayhorn Festival, perhaps it was inevitable that the Music Institute of Chicago would convene a subsequent tribute to a major jazz figure.
This time, the two-day soiree will cast a spotlight on Benny Goodman,...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 7:22 AM
Twenty years ago, an exceptional young pianist and a daring young singer met in Chicago, began collaborating at the Green Mill Jazz Club and launched what would become one of the most enduring partnerships in contemporary jazz.
| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:31 AM
One of the most deeply memorable events of last summer's Chicago Jazz Festival came courtesy of an exceptional New Orleans musician.
Saxophonist Donald Harrison, who had been booked to close the event, invited Chicago piano master Willie Pickens to play...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:16 AM
Now that the fall season is in full swing, each week unfolds as a kind of mini-festival of stylistically far-flung attractions.
Consider the highlights of the next seven days:
Everett Greene: Great bass-baritones remain scarce in jazz, not...
| Nov 20, 2013
Do not go west, young Frenchman.
And the South Side south of 59th Street? Non, non, non.
If you read my colleague Katherine Skiba's story in the Tribune on Tuesday, you know what I'm talking about. The French government has been advising visitors to...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 11:28 AM
It would be easy to dismiss Chicago guitarist-bandleader Joel Paterson as a mere nostalgist.
His work in bands such as the Modern Sounds, Shake 'Em On Down and the Joel Paterson Trio deals mostly in music of the early to mid-20th century, ranging...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 8:20 AM
For anyone who values early period jazz played at an inspired technical and artistic level, Thursday night was a significant occasion in Chicago.
The Fat Babies, an increasingly admired septet specializing in music of the pre-bebop 1920s and '30s, was...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 7:55 AM
As Chicago singer-pianist Yoko Noge cries out a bluesy lament, her fingers barrel across the keyboard – and thousands listen in on WDCB 90.9 FM.
But on this afternoon, Noge isn't performing in one of the rowdy bars where she usually works, and she...